As I finished yet another year of school this year and look towards my graduation in November of 2022, I thought it would be a good idea to write a piece about Clinical Social Work.
Several questions and comments I get when I tell people that I am getting a Masters in Clinical Social Work are:
“What is that?”
“How does Social Work have anything to do with sport and athletes?”
“So you’re going to take kids away?”
“Why didn’t you just do Sport Psychology?”
These are fair statements and mostly come from a place of simply not knowing. Clinical Social Work is a relatively new field compared to Psychology or even Counseling. There is a large misconception that Social Work is about taking children away from their families and helping the poor while making absolutely no money.
This is far from the full truth. I believe that society and more specifically the news play a large role in why...
This isn’t a new subject by any means. We’re seeing more and more professional athletes speak up and go public with their various struggles. College Athletic Departments are putting more structure and programming in place to address mental health for their student athletes. I believe were making progress, but we as an elite athlete community have a long way to go.
In the field of Clinical Social Work, one of our jobs is to research and address social problems. A social problem is an alleged situation or widespread issue that affects a significant number of people. Over the last few months my work has been dedicated to researching and addressing the social problem of mental health within the elite athlete community.
Remove competitive sport from the scenario and mental health in general continues to be a widespread issue within the United States. We’re living in a time where stress and anxiety are at an all time high. A...